A graduate student at the University of Oregon has admitted to faking the data behind four scientific papers, the blog Retraction Watch reports. David E. Anderson told the blog he had made an “error in judgment” in falsifying the data.
His former supervisor, the brain researcher Edward Awh, who now works at the University of Chicago, has requested that the papers be retracted.
“I take full responsibility for my actions, as they do not reflect the integrity of research conducted in the lab of Dr….
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is out with recommendations for how to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the Fafsa. Making the application less cumbersome is a popular cause, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the College Board, and the chairman of the U.S. Senate’s education committee, Lamar Alexander, among others.
In a report released on Thursday, the student-aid administrators’ group recommended that the Fafsa be m…
A University of New Hampshire guide to “bias-free language” drew criticism on Wednesday from social-media posts that cited it as an example of political correctness gone too far, and it was even condemned by the college’s president. The Associated Press reports the president, Mark W. Huddleston, said the guide, which calls use of the word “American” problematic, among other things, is not campus policy.
“I am troubled by many things in the language guide, especially the suggestion that the use o…
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The University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a traffic stop this month has been indicted by a grand jury and charged with murder, the Hamilton County prosecutor, Joseph T. Deters, announced on Wednesday.
The Associated Press reports that Mr. Deters said during a news conference that the officer, Ray Tensing, had “…
The University of Phoenix is the subject of an extensive investigation by the Federal Trade Commission to determine whether it engaged in deceptive practices, according to a corporate filing on Wednesday by its parent company, the Apollo Education Group.
Details about the inquiry are scant, but, according to the filing, the commission is seeking “information regarding a broad spectrum of the business and practices” at the giant for-profit educator, “including in respect of marketing, recruiting,…
Looming layoffs at the University of Akron became a reality this week, with staff members in its Multicultural Center, UA Press, and registrar’s office among those who learned their jobs were being eliminated.
The Plain Dealer reports that on Monday the Ohio university’s Board of Trustees approved plans, announced this month, to eliminate more than 200 positions. The measures are intended to plug a $60-million budget shortfall over the next three years, as the university plans an ambitious move …
Blackboard, the giant provider of learning-management software, is for sale. According to the Reuters news agency, the privately held software company is seeking a buyer unfazed by an estimated $3-billion price tag. The company has hired two banks to conduct an auction to find such a buyer. Blackboard was taken private in a buyout four years ago. Since then, it has faced increased competition from educational-technology start-ups.
Wheaton College of Illinois will stop providing students with health insurance because of its objections to the Obama administration’s controversial rule on access to contraceptives, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Many other religious colleges have asserted that the contraceptive mandate violates their religious beliefs. The Obama administration’s attempts to compromise on the rule have so far failed to satisfy those institutions, several of which have filed lawsuits over the mandate.
More than half of the 900 respondents to a 2013 survey of NCAA athletic trainers and team physicians said they had felt pressure to return concussed players to action before the athletes were medically ready.
Sixty-four percent of responding clinicians said that the athletes had sought premature clearance to play, while nearly 54 percent of the surveyed medical-staff members had felt pressure from coaches, according to the study, published in the Journal of Athletic Training.
Athletic trainers a…
George Washington University announced on Monday that it would go test-optional, becoming one of the most prominent colleges to no longer require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. The Washington Post reports the university said it was making the change because it feared the requirement had kept some students from applying.
“Although we have long employed a holistic application-review process, we had concerns that students who could be successful at GW felt discouraged from applying if their scores were not as strong as their high-school performance,” the university’s dean of admissions, Karen Stroud Felton, told the Post.
The Hatchet, George Washington’s student newspaper, reported this year that the university had admitted 45 percent of its applicants for the incoming freshman class, its highest rate in more than 10 years. Meanwhile, The Hatchet noted, the university’s peer institutions have boasted increasing selectivity in their rates of admission.
George Washington joins a list of several institutions that have gone test-optional in recent years, including Wake Forest University, DePaul University, and American University.